Michael Venus makes a winning start at French Open

Thursday, 01 October 2020

Michael Venus and John Peers have continued their tremendous run of form on the European red clay, winning through to the second round at Roland Garros.

The 11th seeded Kiwi and his Australian partner John Peers have rallied from losing the first set to beat Norway’s Casper Ruud and Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Venus and Peers after losing serve once in the first set, dominated. They had their opponents under pressure on serve often, but only managed to convert 3 of their 12 break point chances in the match. By contrast Kecmanovic and Ruud converted one of only 4 break point chances. Venus and Peers won 100 points to their opponents 78.

Venus the 2017 French Open doubles champion (with American Ryan Harrison) and Peers will face Denmark’s Freddie Nielsen and Germany’s Tim Puetz in the second round tonight where they are first match on court 7 from 10pm NZT.

Venus and Peers have been in fine form in Europe having lost just one of their last eight matches having reached the semi finals at the Rome Masters before winning the European Open in Hamburg.

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